I had an amazing year of travel last year, I went aboard more times than I can remember and got to spend three months living in Rio. This year, however, my plans are very different. I have no flights booked or no ability to commit to booking flights for the future. I’ve become one of those people living week by week and not being able to make plans further than the month ahead. But, you know what, that’s okay. A few weeks back we snuck off to the Lake District with just a few days of planning prior to the trip and had such a lovely time. While we were away, it got me thinking, there is still so much of the UK I’m yet to visit and this year I want to make that a focus of my travelling.
I’ve never been to Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Snowdonia, The Peak District, north Wales, The Cotswolds, Cambridge or Aberdeen. All of these places are part of mainland UK. Then there are the places that aren’t part of the mainland but are still part of the UK: Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and the Isle of Scilly. If I was to travel to all of those places that would easily fill the rest of this year. Then add on the festivals I’d like to go to, the road trips I’d like to take and the outdoor adventures I’d like to have.
I love travelling abroad and want nothing more than to spoil myself with a graduation trip but equally I want to focus on seeing more of my own country and really perfecting the art of being a tourist in my own country.
Back in 2014 we took an amazing 10 day road trip around Scotland and I never once questioned the fact that we hadn’t left the country. Just getting on the road and seeing the rugged landscape the north has to offer was enough to transport me away from the country I couldn’t wait to leave in 2012. It is funny how after a prolonged period aboard I find myself more fascinated by my own country and feeling a little silly for having not seen enough of it. In 2014 we spent a lot of time exploring different parts of Scotland and having adventures that were less than an hour from our doorstep and I loved every minute of it.
This year, due to living in London the adventures may take longer than an hour to get to but there are still so many places I can take day trips to. There are so many easily accessible adventures from London, be it by bus, car or train. I want to perfect the art of being a traveller in my own country, I want to feel the joy I feel when travelling aboard while exploring my own country. I want to love and appreciate my own country like so many of the people I’ve met while travelling do. I want to have travelled extensively in my own country that as soon as someone asks for the best thing to do in the UK I have ten ideas to give them.
I’ve focused for too long on exploring far flung lands and exotic cultures. I have my own culture right on my door step with hundreds of years of history that I know very little about. It is time to change that.
So this year, I plan to focus on visiting some of those UK cities and national parks that I’ve never been to. I want to find awesome itineraries and beautiful places to stay. I’ll go camping, attend a British festival, visit an ancient landmark, go hiking, climb a mountain, take a train, take a bus, go on a road trip and so much more. I’ll do all of these things in the UK and learn all the things I haven’t so far about my home country. I’ll show you that travelling in your home country can be just as exciting and fun as travelling abroad.
I’ve already visited Cornwall and the Lake District with a few other exciting plans in the pipeline but where would you like to see me visit the most? Or do you have a recommendation of somewhere I cannot miss?